AUTHENTICALLY EAST END. AUTHENTICALLY CHRISTIAN.
What does this phrase mean? It means that our church is made up of fellow East End residents who share and engage the same spaces our neighbors do--from the local community centers, taquerias, and parks that have been around for years to the new coffee shops, restaurants, and bars that add diversity to our neighborhood.
We desire that our faith community would be one that welcomes fellow East Enders from all kinds of diverse backgrounds. We want to welcome the hard-pressed, urban/inner-city resident longing for restoration and belonging, the artist in search of that greater beauty and meaning their art seems to point to, the young professional seeking for more than the exhausting treadmill of corporate success, and any other East Ender that's curious to explore what a relationship with God could look like for them. Skeptics that desire to engage in gracious conversation about the claims of Jesus, the gospel, and the bible are also more than welcome!
In planting a new local church in our neighborhood, we do so knowing that we are not the answer but rather a part of God's greater story of redemption in the East End. Therefore, we desire to partner with existing churches, ministries, and non-profits who are already serving our neighborhood in tangible ways.
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As a local church tethered to the historic Church in all its beauty and brokenness, we seek to lock arms with fellow East Enders in seeking the welfare of our neighborhood. This means we must not only be consumers, but cultivators and contributors as well. Ultimately, we desire to join God in his historic work of restoration and redemption in the East End as followers of Jesus. We sum this up by stating that we are authentically East End, and authentically Christian.
As a church, Sojourn East End is organized into groups called neighborhood parishes, which we often refer to as the "backbone" of all that we do at Sojourn. Historically, the word "parish" has been used to refer to a geographic area with a minister. At Sojourn we believe the bible teaches that all Christians are called to be ministers of reconciliation. The reason we call them Neighborhood Parishes is they are groups of men and women seeking to minister to our neighborhood. The way we aim to do that is to simply live life together, love and serve one another, and love and serve our neighbors.
Currently, we have two parishes in the East End. You can find more information about our parishes under the “Plan A Visit” tab. If you’d like to visit one of our parish gatherings, please send an e-mail to Carlos Rebollar at firstname.lastname@example.org.